Arsenal are reportedly in ‘very advanced talks’ with Yacine Brahimi.
According to La Gazzette Du Fennec, the Gunners are ready to sanction a move for the 29-year-old, who is a free agent after running down his contract at FC Porto.
The winger is to move on after five years having made 215 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Brahimi is currently on duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, meaning a deal is unlikely to happen whilst he is still in Egypt.
Apparently he has offers from Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas, but the player would prefer a switch to the Premier League ‘for both sporting and financial reasons’.
It has been widely reported that Arsenal do not have a big transfer budget this summer, meaning free transfers could be likely at the Emirates.
Arsenal fans react
Many Arsenal fans understand that the club are restricted this summer in terms of spending, but it hasn’t stopped them from criticising the links to Brahimi.
Many feel as though, although free, the versatile winger is past his best years at the age of 29.
Club learned nothing from Lichtsteiner
— Neil MacArthur (@chafedelbows) 1 July 2019
This club is embarrassing
— Dan (@BigDuke6__) 1 July 2019
It’s a no from me
— essexgooner (@GlenDrury) 1 July 2019
From being linked to the likes of Zaha, Carrasco and Fraser to almost signing free agent Yacine Brahimi is the most Arsenal thing ever…??? pic.twitter.com/xZCV6YXlLf
— Olayinka (@ykgunnerz) 1 July 2019
Typical arsenal, what’s our club become….?
— ?Intense AJ? (@PersianPrinceAJ) 1 July 2019
Has us written all over it.
— Stephen???????? (@NorthBankSteve0) 1 July 2019
No sell on value. Thats Sounds right up our street!???
— AFC_Adam (@Adam12368) 1 July 2019
I hope we don’t go anywhere near this bloke.
— goonerray (@goonerray67) 1 July 2019
I’d much rather we give Reiss Nelson a shot at making it than throw money at 29 year old Yacine Brahimi just because he’s free! pic.twitter.com/mcY9AYR50H
— northerngoona (@Northerngooona) 1 July 2019
Yacine Brahimi on a free for 3 years or give Bukayo Saka more minutes to break through?
I choose Saka
Unless a winger significantly better than what we have comes in we should promote youth and not sign average players
— Link Up Arsenal (@LinkUpArsenal) 1 July 2019
What sort of message does that send someone like Nelson? And why not just look to invest in someone like Everton Soares?
— Patricio (@CockRoche34) 1 July 2019